Photography, Dean J. Birinyi
Q: How did you get started as a Designer?SA: Interior design is my second career. I spent 25 years in client-facing roles at ad agencies in NYC, Boston, and San Francisco working on both brand and digital campaigns for large national and global companies, most recently in the tech sector. Towards the end I was getting antsy about my career path; the ad business was a grind and I really wanted to express myself more creativel..
Meet Leslie Lamarre from TRG Architecture + Interior Design
Q: How did you get started as a Designer?LL: I grew up in an old New England farmhouse built in 1810 and my dad was all about DIY. There was always a project going on and I loved it—whether it was steaming faded wallpaper off old plaster walls or framing in a new dormer. That planted the seed. Over the years I had fun helping friends with colors, furniture and built-in finishes and even rebuilt a tear-down 1907 bungalow here in California with my husband (..
Meet Cathleen Gouveia, Design Principal at Cathleen Gouveia Design, Allied ASID
Q: How did you get started as a Designer?CG: I was classically trained at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where I learned to draft and draw. My professors encouraged me to transfer to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) because my mind works differently than most designers and decorators. I find a narrative in the client’s words, in their life story, and what they are most passionate about - and I use that to inspire design. I initiated the Mas..
Meet Jamie R. Kern, ASID Design Theory Interiors of California Inc.
Q: Can you describe to our readers a description of your business?JK: I am an interior designer specializing in Residential Interiors. I enjoy working on new construction, renovation and interior décor projects. I have a passion for kitchen and bath design as well as design of various types of custom cabinetry and furniture. When engaged in new construction or renovation projects I am typically hands-on in all facets of the design, guiding clients througho..
Meet Lou Ann Bauer, Principal Designer at Bauer Interior Design
Q: How did you get started as a Designer?LAB: I first went to Cal Berkeley and earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. My program was in welding larger scale steel sculptures. I soon decided I wasn’t going to be a world-famous artist and make a decent living. Since I was working 3-D sculpture scales, I thought Interior Design could fulfill the creative path that I had studied in Art school. I earned my Interior Design degree at San Jose State University.
Q: How did you get started as a Designer?AW: I was always interested in interior design but initially pursued an advertising/marketing degree in college because of my family’s newspaper business. I also loved fashion and that was where I started my career in the Bay Area doing Trend Shows for Nordstrom as they were expanding new stores. Although I loved fashion, Interior design was like a little bird on my shoulder and I was drawn to go back to school to s..
Q: How did you get started as a Designer?RB: I always knew I wanted to be some sort of designer or artist. I really loved to draw. I grew up in a family of artists and was taught from a young age to view the world differently. I learned to analyze what makes something attractive, the value of light and shadow, and how a specific color and texture can evoke a certain mood. I spent the first 7 years of my career working for architecture firms. From there, I ..
Q: How did you get started as a Designer?CJ: When I was a kid I always moved furniture around in my friends’ rooms and redecorated them, as my mother would not let me do that in her own house. However, my main passions growing up were fine arts and fashion. After graduating with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts I helped friends designing a couple of retail spaces and realized that interior design offers to the opportunity to be creative without producing all..
Meet Certified Interior Designer Catherine Canfield, Owner of Austin Design
Q: How did you get started in this business?CC: I received a BFA in Interior Design in 1985. After graduating, I began working for an independent interior designer, who was very instrumental in teaching me about the business. When she decided to retire, I took over the business, and began working on my own.
I eventually opened my own design studio, which carried home furnishings and antiques, as well as, a sample library with furniture catalogs, fabrics..
Meet Michelle Thomas, Associate ASID Principal Designer, Thomas Designs – Design with a Conscience
Q: How did you get started as a Designer?MT: Design and furniture was always my passion and from a young age, I found myself rearranging, re-painting and re-constructing homes of my family and friends. The summer before Senior year in high school I took a job at the medical group my mom worked for and began what became a 2-year career in the customer service/ relations department. Though this was not what I wanted for my end game, I think it helped me unde..
Meet Stacey Lapuk, Principal Designer at Indigo Interiors, Inc. Award-Winning Interior Design
Q: How did you get started as a Designer?SL: I grew up in an arts-oriented family, and was admitted to the Fine Arts program at the University of CT. Armed with a BFA, I came out to CA and first worked in the advertising industry. I entered UC Berkeley's Interior Design/Interior Architecture program and began building my client base. To me, a home is a 3-dimensional painting in which my clients get to live and thrive.
Q: Can you describe to our readers a ..